Ten to Men is an Australia-wide study of the health and lifestyles of a large group of Australian males aged between 10 and older.

The first of its kind, the study will follow participants over time and provide an important resource for improving the health of Australian men and boys.

 

If you have questions about participation contact Roy Morgan Research on

1800 700 086 or email: tentomen@roymorgan.com

 

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About the study

WHAT IS TEN TO MEN?

What is Ten to Men?
Ten to Men, also known as the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health, is a national research initiative aimed at filling the gaps in knowledge about why males in general have poorer health outcomes than females, and why certain groups of males have poorer health than males in general. The knowledge gained in the study will be used to improve programs and policies for male health in Australia. Ten to Men is the first study of its kind in Australia.


In 2013/14 Ten to Men collected health and lifestyle information from over 15,000 men and boys across the country via surveys and interviews in ‘Wave 1’ of the study. The study is ‘longitudinal’ - meaning that we will return to participants every few years for an update so we can understand how changing life stages and circumstances might affect health and wellbeing over time.

The study is being conducted by researchers at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

The study has been approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee.

WHAT INFORMATION WAS COLLECTED?

What information was collected?
Ten to Men takes a comprehensive approach to understanding male health throughout life. Some aspects of health and wellbeing studied include:


  • Physical and emotional health (such as major health conditions, symptoms, depression and positive mental health);

  • Health service use (such as GP, specialist and other visits, service access issues and satisfaction);

  • Health behaviours, risk and protective factors (such as diet, exercise, sleep, smoking, alcohol and other drugs);

  • Personal and family situation (such as relationships, family composition and living arrangements);

  • Life stages and life events (such as becoming a father, leaving school, getting married and retirement);

  • Social and environmental factors (such as education, working life, social support and neighbourhood features).


All of these factors, and more, are involved in living a long and healthy life and we are interested in discovering how they work together to influence the choices made and options available to Australian men and boys.

WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS?

Who are the participants?
In Wave 1, males aged between the ages of 10 and 55 years from randomly selected metropolitan, regional and rural areas across the country were invited to join the study. Areas were randomly chosen to ensure that the study includes men and boys with a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences.


Regional areas had a higher weight in the selection process to enhance the number of males from regional areas in the sample. Just under 16,000 men and boys joined the study. All Australian states and territories are represented in this study.

Health Links

If you want to know more about male health and the organisations that support men in looking after their health, visit these websites.

The following information is provided as a guide only. All contact details were correct at the time of publication, but may be subject to change. Ten to Men and the University of Melbourne are not responsible for the content published on these websites.

 

USEFUL SERVICES
  • Health Direct
    Website / Phone 1800 022 222
    A 24/7 telephone health advice line staffed by registered nurses.


  • Headspace - National Youth Mental Health Foundation
    Website
    Information, resources and services for mental health for young people aged 12-25.


  • Kids Helpline
    Website / Phone 1800 55 1800
    Kids Helpline is Australia's national 24/7 telephone and online counselling and support service for young people aged between 5 and 25 years.


  • Lawstuff
    Website
    Provides information about legal rights for people under the age of 18.


  • Lifeline
    Website / Phone 13 11 14

    A 24/7 freecall telephone counselling service for all ages.

  • Reach Out
    Website
    Online mental health services for young people going through tough times.


  • Turning Point - Alcohol & Drug Centre
    Website / Phone 1800 888 236
    Hosts Counselling Online, a 24/7 service where you can communicate with a professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern, using text interaction.


  • Youth beyondblue
    Website / Phone 1300 224 636
    An independent non-profit organisation devoted to increasing community awareness and understanding of depression, anxiety and related disorders in young people.


  • 1800RESPECT - National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service
    Website / Phone 1800 737 72
    A 24/7 confidential helpline for anyone experiencing  violence.


  • MensLine
    Website/ Phone 1300 78 9978

    MensLine Australia is a professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men.

  • Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service
    Website / Phone 1800 011 046
    Provides counselling and group programs to Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families. It is a specialised, free and confidential Australia-wide service.
INFORMATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
  • beyondblue
    Website / Phone 1300 22 4636
    beyondblue is working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.

  • Black Dog Institute
    Website
    The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.


  • Mental Health in Australia
    Website
    Mental health services in Australia provides a picture of the national response of the health and welfare service system to the mental health care needs of Australians.


  • Movember
    Website
    During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and men's mental health.


  • SANE Australia
    Website
    SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life – through campaigning, education and research.

GET CONNECTED! JOIN A SOCIAL GROUP
  • Better Men Australia
    Website
    Working to make men more capable, more committed, more confident.

  • Mengage
    Website
    MENGAGE collates evidence that recognises the major health issues that are contributing to men's health.

  • Men’s Health Australia
    Website
    Information about the social and psychological wellbeing of men and boys.

  • Australian Men’s Shed Association
    Website
    The Australian Men's Sheds Association recognises a Men's Shed as any community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisation that is accessible to all men and whose primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and healing environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other men. A major objective is to advance the well-being and health of their male members and to encourage social inclusion.

  • Men’s Health (SA)
    Website
    Committed to achieving better health and wellbeing outcomes for men and boys, through practical innovative programs and initiatives, and by working collaboratively with other like-minded organisations.


  • Men’s Wellbeing (QLD)
    Website
    Developing the wellbeing of men to foster healthy relationships, families and communities.


  • Tas Men (TAS)
    Website
    Seeking to build community by supporting and promoting the health and wellbeing of men and boys.
NUTRITION, HEALTHY EATING & APPS
  • Eat for Health
    Website
    Advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing.

  • Better Health: Vegetarian and Vegan diets
    Website
    A vegetarian or vegan diet has many health benefits.

  • Eat For Health: Healthy Eating for Adults Brochure
    PDF
    The Australian Dietary Guidelines provide up-to-date advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing.

  • Eat For Health: Sample meal guide for men
    PDF
    This sample meal plan provides the nutritional and energy requirements for a man aged 19-50 years of average height, healthy weight and light activity.

  • BMI Calculator
    Website
    Health Direct provides a handy Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to help estimate your total body fat as a proportion of total body weight.

INFORMATION ON PREVENTABLE DISEASES AND RISK FACTORS
  • Cancer Council of Australia
    Website / Phone 13 11 20
    Cancer Council Australia seeks to engage all Australians to reduce the impact of cancer in Australia through advocacy, research, education and support.

  • Diabetes Australia 
    Website / Phone1300 136 588
    Diabetes Australia was established in 1984 as the national peak body for diabetes in Australia providing a single, powerful, collective voice for people living with diabetes, their families and carers.
     

  • Foundation 49
    Website
    Each hour in Australia, more than four men die from conditions that are potentially preventable. Foundation 49 is a direct response to this health crisis affecting 49% of the population and is dedicated to improving the health status of men across each decade of life.


  • Freemasons Foundation for Men’s Health
    Website
    The Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health was established as a joint venture between the University of Adelaide and the Freemasons Foundation in September 2007 with the vision to enable men to live longer, healthier and happier lives.


  • Heart Foundation
    Website /Phone 1300 36 27 87
    The Heart Foundation saves lives and improves health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease.

  • National Stroke Foundation
    Website / Ph: 1800 787 653

  • QUIT Now: The National Tobacco Campaign
    Website / Ph: 13 78 48
    Tobacco smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disease in Australia. Find out more about how to stop smoking and to stay quit.

INFORMATION ABOUT SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
  • Andrology Australia
    Phone1300 303 878 / Website
    Andrology Australia studies and assist with the functions and diseases specific to males, especially of the reproductive organs.

  • Continence Foundation of Australia
    Phone 1800 33 00 66 / Website
    The national peak body promoting bladder and bowel health.

  • Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
    Phone 1800 220 099 / Website
    Dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners, families and the wider community.
FIND YOUR CLOSEST SEXUAL HEALTH CLINIC

FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS
  • Why is the study called ‘Ten to Men’?
    Ten to Men is the short name for the study and refers to the age range of the boys and men in the study – 10-years-old up to adult men. It also points to the fact that the study will be following participants over time as the 10-year-old boys grow into men.

  • Who is in the study?
    Only men and boys living in the areas that were randomly selected were eligible to join. Areas were randomly chosen to ensure that the study group includes men and boys with a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences.

  • What kinds of questions were asked in the Wave 1 survey?
    We think that health is related to all aspects of a person's life including lifestyle and environmental factors. To help understand those relationships the survey included questions on a whole range of social and environmental factors, for example, age, ethnic background, social roles (i.e. fatherhood, work), education and income, and the environments boys and men live, work or study in. Lifestyle factors that the survey covered include nutrition, physical activity, smoking, alcohol and drug use, sexual behaviour, life satisfaction, relationships, and health service use.

    Some questions differed depending on age group as boys and men of different ages have different lifestyles and experience different health conditions.

    View the questionnaires here.

  • Who has funded this study?
    The study is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

  • Who is running the study?
    The study is being conducted by researchers at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Roy Morgan Research was contracted to carry out the Wave 1 data collection.

  • Has this study been approved by an ethics committee?
    Yes. The study has been approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee.

FOR PARTICIPANTS
  • Is participation voluntary?
    Yes, you can leave the study at any time. If you are thinking about leaving please complete the online form at Contact Us. A member of the study team will then get in touch with you. Alternatively, you can call us on 1800 019 606.

  • Why do we want to access information about participants from Medicare and other health data sources?
    Linking the survey answers to other data gives a fuller picture of health – such as the use of health services, especially in times between surveys. Adding this other information also means we can make the survey shorter as we don't need to ask participants to provide it.

  • What about the privacy and confidentiality of the information provided?
    The study is bound by State and Commonwealth privacy laws and we have set up a range of procedures to protect the privacy and confidentiality of participants.
  • Personal information that identifies you, such as name, date of birth, Medicare number and address is separated from your survey responses and from any health data we get from other sources. 

  • Personal information is not shared with anyone else and only authorised members of the study team have access. Likewise, your survey and health information from other sources are available only to authorised researchers.

If you have any complaints about the way your personal information is handled, these may be investigated by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner who has the power to award compensation if appropriate.


  • What should I do if I move, change my contact details or name?
    It is important that we have accurate contact information so we can find you when it is time for the next round of the study. If you change your name, address, phone number or email please let us know by going to the Update Your Details page and filling in the online form. Alternatively, you can call us on 1800 019 606. Your changes will be processed by the study team and we may contact you to confirm the changes. 

  • What if I want to make a complaint about the study?
    Please complete the online form at Contact Us giving details of your complaint. You will be contacted by a member of the study team regarding your complaint. Alternatively, you can call us on 1800 019 606.
FOR PARENTS OF A YOUNG PARTICIPANT
  • Why were parents asked to participate?
    When they joined the study we asked a parent or guardian of boys who were aged 10 to 14 years a few of the questions that their son would probably not be able to answer. For example, the boys may not know about health conditions diagnosed by a doctor, health services use, family background and environment.

  • Is parent’s health information from other sources added as well?
    No. We only asked for additional information regarding your son's health.


  • What happens is my son turns 15?
    He will no longer be interviewed, but given the choice to complete a survey online or on paper. You as the parent will no longer receive a questionnaire. However, you will still be asked to provide your consent to your son’s participation in the study until he turns 18.

Study Information

Who are the participants?
In Wave 1, males aged between the ages of 10 and 55 years from randomly selected metropolitan, regional and rural areas across the country will be invited to join the study. The final study group will be approximately 20,000 men and boys. Areas have been randomly chosen to ensure that the study group includes men and boys with a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences.
What can I expect?
Research staff from Roy Morgan Research will be door-knocking in your area and inviting all males aged 10-55 living in the household to participate. Of those interested in joining, boys aged 10-14 years will be interviewed face-to-face in their home. Everyone else will be given a paper survey to fill out. Our research staff will later return to collect the completed survey. For boys and young men under the age of 18, a parent’s permission is required to join the study.

Since it is impossible to ask about everything in the survey, we plan to include extra health related information that is available from other sources including environmental information and health data.

We are asking for your home and work/school addresses so we can include information about amenities and services available to you, such as the number of parks and sporting facilities, and the number of doctors and other health services in your area. This information is important to better understand how people's neighbourhoods affect their health.

We are also interested in patterns of service use and the occurrence of particular health conditions over time. We can look at these by adding information from other health databases, including Medicare and disease registers, for example, cancer registers.

We will follow up with you every 2 to 3 years to see how your health is going.

We may occasionally contact you to let you know about other smaller more specialised male health studies that you might be interested in joining. It is up to you if you want to join any of these studies.

Any information you provide us and any information we include from other sources will be kept in the strictest confidence and access will be limited to authorised researchers.
For Adults 18-55 years
A Roy Morgan researcher will provide you with a Survey Booklet and a Study Information Booklet that has all the information you need about participating in the study.

The survey should take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete. It covers a wide range of topics about health and lifestyle. Some questions are personal or about sensitive issues, but you do not have to answer any questions you do not want to.

The front cover of the Survey Booklet is the Consent Form where you provide your consent to join the study and for the study to include information from other health datasets.

The back cover of the Survey Booklet is the Information Sheet for you to provide your name and other contact details so we can keep in touch for follow-up surveys.

These two documents are separated and returned to the research office separately from your completed survey to protect the confidentiality of your survey responses.

The researcher will arrange to return to your home to collect the completed survey and forms at a time convenient to you.

You will be entered into the prize draw to win one of a hundred $100 gift vouchers for either iTunes, JB HIFI, Bunnings Warehouse or Coles/Myer. You will be notified by phone if you win.
For Young Men 15-17 years old
A Roy Morgan researcher will provide you with a Survey Booklet and a Study Information Booklet that has all the information you need about participating in the study.

The survey should take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete. It covers a wide range of topics about health and lifestyle. Some questions are personal or about sensitive issues, but you do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to.

The first two pages of the Survey Booklet are the Consent Forms. There is an Assent Form for you to provide your consent to join the study and for the study to include information from other health data sets. There is also a Parent Consent Form which a parent or guardian must complete in order for you to participate.

The back cover of the Survey Booklet is the Information Sheet for you to provide your name and other contact details so we can keep in touch for follow-up surveys.

These two documents are separated and returned to the research office separately from your completed survey to protect the confidentiality of your survey responses.

The researcher will arrange to return to your home to collect the completed survey and forms at a time convenient to you.

You will be entered into the prize draw to win one of a hundred $100 gift vouchers for either iTunes, JB HIFI, Bunnings Warehouse or Coles/Myer. You will be notified by phone if you win.
For Boys 10-14 years old
Once you and your parents have agreed, the Roy Morgan researcher will arrange a time for an interview at your house.

The interview has questions about your health and lifestyle and should take about 30 minutes. There are some questions that are personal, but you do not have to answer any question you do not want to.

We will ask your parent(s) to go to another room during the interview to keep your answers private. But if you want them to be in the room during the interview they can stay.

Before the interview starts, you will be asked to fill in an Assent Form which is your agreement to join the study, and if you are 14 years it also includes your agreement for the study to look at other health records. Your parents will also need to fill in a form consenting for you to join the study.

You will go into the prize draw to win one of a hundred $100 gift vouchers for either iTunes, JB HIFI, Bunnings Warehouse or Coles/Myer. We will call you and tell you if you have won.
For parents of boys aged 10-14 years
To capture health and family information that your son might not know, there is a brief paper Parent Survey. The Roy Morgan Research interviewer will provide you with the Parent Survey.

There are two parts to the Parent Survey – Part A is questions about your son’s health and background. If you have more than one son participating you will receive a Part A for each son. Part B is background information on yourself and household. Together they should take about 15 minutes to complete.

The front cover of Part A is your consent for your son to participate in the study. The front cover of Part B is your consent for your own participation.

The back cover of Part B is an Information Sheet for you to provide your name and other contact details so we can keep in touch to follow-up on your son’s health over time.

These documents are separated and returned to the research office separately from your completed survey to protect the confidentiality of your responses.